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The Busy Creator Podcast with Prescott Perez-Fox

The Busy Creator Podcast is a discussion program where creative professionals from across the spectrum share tools, techniques, and habits they use in their practice. Listeners are introduced to strategies and pro tips to be their most creative, productive selves.

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Apr 25, 2016

Danny Gregory (@DannyGregory) is an advertising veteran who has worked across just about medium of creativity, including writing, design, photography, and teaching. He's published several books including his latest, Shut Your Monkey.

In this conversation, we examine the topics of the book which include self-doubt, anxiety, distraction, and other mindset struggles faced by creative pros. Shut Your Monkey by Danny Gregory Shut Your Monkey by Danny Gregory

Keep you with Danny on his website or his blogShut Your Monkey is now available for order.




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"Creativity plays a far bigger role in our everyday than it did in the past."

—Danny Gregory

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"Creativity is inherently about change, risk, uncertainty."

—Danny Gregory

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  • Understand what your "monkey" is saying, before anything else
  • Don't argue with the monkey when he speaks in extremes
  • Acknowledge the risks we've taken, the work we've accomplished
  • Use your phone or a notebook to jot notes into Evernote
  • Take "book ideas" and break them out into blog posts; return the prose as potential section.
  • Leave big tasks unfinished so you have a place to resume the next day


  • Be available to work all the time (be a honeybee)
  • Defend yourself against other peoples' monkeys
  • Constantly feed on the raw materials that will become a good idea
  • Move around the house to vary your working space
  • Post consistently on your blog, 5 days a week at 7:00 am
  • Tackle creative problems first thing in the morning
  • Visit the library, take out books

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